Hopper rod

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by SSFIREMSN, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. SSFIREMSN

    SSFIREMSN Senior Member

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    Who has Used a hopper spinning rod for jigging and what were your thoughts. Thanks Steve:confused:
     
  2. spineyman

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    What gr rod is it?
     

  3. SSFIREMSN

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    I was thinking the 500gr. I will be going for yft. I do not think I will need the 600gr. But that is why I am asking to find out how they respond. Thanks Steve
     
  4. north coast

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    Since I've been talking about these rods, I'll tell you what I know. I haven't used one. but a buddy just bought the 500g spinning.I played with it in the yard. I thought it to be fairly close to trevala xxh spinning. A little stiffer through the mid to tip section. but close in the backbone. these rods are a little light in the backbone dept. if you ask me.I like a stiff rod, (get your mind out of the gutter)If I were to buy one of these with the intention of targeting yellowfin, I'd get the 600g rod. I think it will have a bit more backbone.
     
  5. SSFIREMSN

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    Thanks it was in a good price range and I just wanted to know what people thought of them. How heavy was it? Thanks for the info Steve
     
  6. Enoch

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    I decide to disagree with you on your opinion of rod selection.

    Compared to the trevala, the hopper is at another level.
    The rod is a parabolic, the trevala is not.
    The 500g rod is enough to level 150lb bluefin tuna, 600g is overkill. (unless you know where the cow yft live, then u may need the 600g..."need" used lightly)

    I've owned and used both rods. Please read the review on the hopper by a notable poster on this board:

    ...ok i looked but can't seem to find that review by ksong...
     
  7. Enoch

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    I decide to disagree with you on your opinion of rod selection.

    Compared to the trevala, the hopper is at another level.
    The rod is a parabolic, the trevala is not.
    The 500g rod is enough to level 150lb bluefin tuna, 600g is overkill. (unless you know where the cow yft live, then u may need the 600g..."need" used lightly)

    I've owned and used both rods. Please read the review on the hopper by a notable poster on this board:

    ...ok i looked but can't seem to find that review by ksong...


    PM sent...
     
  8. papio

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    I've got The 600g and 270g. The 270 is closer to the Trevala and I will take the Hopper over the Trevala everytime. Strong inexpensive starting out rod the Hoppers are my backup sticks on all my offshore trip. At times I would leave the name brand rods alone and only used the Hopper. Both rods have been upgraded with Fuji SIC. The 500g handle big fish.
     
  9. SSFIREMSN

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    I only have a week to get ready for this trip and was wondering if the I should go for the hopper rod or try something else if I can not upgrade the guides? How much would it be to upgrade to Fuji SIC guides? thanks Steve
     
  10. north coast

    north coast Senior Member

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    I decide to disagree with you on your opinion of rod selection.

    Compared to the trevala, the hopper is at another level.
    The rod is a parabolic, the trevala is not.
    The 500g rod is enough to level 150lb bluefin tuna, 600g is overkill. (unless you know where the cow yft live, then u may need the 600g..."need" used lightly)

    I've owned and used both rods. Please read the review on the hopper by a notable poster on this board:

    ...ok i looked but can't seem to find that review by ksong...


    Hmm, maybe so, as I said, I don't own one, and my experience with it was from bending it in the yard. I agree it may feel like something different with a fish on.
     
  11. north coast

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    Also, are we talking about spinning or conventional. There may be a significant difference between the two models.I haven't seen a conventional.I also only used trevala as a reference because most people know the rod. I know they are two different animals.:)
     
  12. SpecialK

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    Steve I would highly suggest taking a look at the Sea Magic rods also. They are in the same ballpark as far as price but IMO they are a much nicer rod.

    The 500 gram hopper is plenty of rod for the gulf.
     
  13. papio

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    You'll spend about $70 for the fuji guides but I wouldn't worry about replacing the them right away as I use my rods quite awhile before replacing them. The guides did not break down or grooved - nothing like that, I simply liked the looks and shine of the Fuji SIC...aside from being one of the best out there.
     
  14. SSFIREMSN

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    Thanks everyone. Steve
     
  15. Aggie82Josh

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    We had 2 hopper rods on the last Big E trip. I jigged with the 500g spinning rod and my girlfriend bottom fished and jigged for tuna with the 400g conventional rod.

    They are both decent rods. We both caught good fish on them. My girlfriend actually used the 400g for bottom fishing and jigging for tuna. Here are a couple fish she caught with her rod.
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    I caught some decent fish with the 500g but, didn't boat any monsters. I did hook into a few fish I couldn't turn with 25lbs of drag and palming the spool but, the rod felt good. I would say that the fish I "caught" with the rod, it was overkill. But then again I wasn't fishing for the little guys.

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  16. SSFIREMSN

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  17. SpecialK

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    Did you jig up those grouper?
     
  18. Aggie82Josh

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    Did you jig up those grouper?

    yeah. That was really my first time to jig offshore.
     
  19. SpecialK

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    yeah. That was really my first time to jig offshore.
    You did good. I love catching grouper on jigs!